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Is drugged driving the same as drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2021 | DUI |

In Kentucky, the term “driving under the influence” or “driving while impaired” refers to drivers who are impaired by alcohol, drugs or other mind-altering substances. While the majority of DUI/DWI cases do involve alcohol, not all of them do.

Drugged driving can get you in just as much trouble as drunk driving. It can also be just as dangerous.

For that reason, anyone who is accused of driving while impaired should be cautious about how they speak with the police and the steps they take to defend themselves. Without the right approach, it’s possible to lose your license, pay heavy fees and have other penalties assessed against you.

Can you get a DUI for prescription or over-the-counter medications?

Yes, you can get a DUI for prescription or over-the-counter drugs if those impair you to the point that you should not be driving. Side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea or anxiety can all make someone drive more dangerously, which is why this is also included under the DUI category.

Will you get a DUI for illicit drug use?

Like with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, you can also face a DUI for driving with illicit drugs in your system. Remember, though, that those drugs are illegal, so you may face additional charges for drug possession, trafficking or distribution.

Why do you need a defense after accusations of DUI?

If you’re accused of driving under the influence, you do need to defend yourself. It’s possible that you could face enhanced penalties if you’re accused with aggravating circumstances. You could also be jailed or lose your license in some cases. With the risk of having to use an expensive ignition interlock device or being forced into a treatment program, it’s a good idea to talk to someone about your legal rights.

If you allow the case to move forward without defending yourself, a DUI charge could impact your insurance rates, career, license and other aspects of your life. It’s worth taking the time to look into your options to see if you can get the charges changed or dropped. In any case, you should defend yourself against the allegations.